Local Firefighter Returns From Iraq

By Kerri O'Hara

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 8, 2005 at 11:21 AM EST

It's supposed to be a time of joy, love and togetherness, Shannon and Danielle Potts were newlyweds.
They were married for only 6 months and then the national guard came calling.
"Being away from loved ones, that's the hardest part," says Shannon Potts.
Potts not only had to leave his family, but his job as a Binghamton Fire Fighter.
After training, he spent 10 months in Tikrit, Iraq, doing roadside security.
But Potts doesn't see his service as a sacrifice.
"It's just another change in life, you just deal with it," says Potts.
Shannon and his wife have been married for 2 years and out of that 2 years he's only been home for 6 months.
He says one thing that made it easier for him when he was overseas was knowing that his friends at home were taking care of her.
"They heard word of mouth that Shannon Potts wife needs a little help around the house. The gras was getting tall and they didn't have a lot of family members around. The guys just said we'll do whatever we can and that's what they've been doing for the past 17 months," says Chief Clifford Colgan of the Binghamton Fire Department
And for that, Potts only has one thing to say.
"To them I want to say thank you," says Potts.
Potts had worked as Binghamton firefighter and paramedic for 8 months before he went off to war.
Chief Colgan kept Potts' uniform tags on his computer everyday, as a way to remember and pray for him.
"I couldn't wait to hand them back to him on his first morning of work," says Colgan.
Those tags landed back in Potts hands last Friday.
And now he's back serving the people of Binghamton.
On Wednesday night, Binghamton firefireghters are holding a welcome home party for Potts at Callahan's Sportsmen Club on Main street.
Potts says the party should celebrate not only his homecoming, but all the firefighters who helped his wife while he was gone.

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